On Tuesday, September 3, protesters stormed a branch of the MTN South African telecommunications company in Lagos; other businesses belonging to South Africans such as malls were also looted, notably the Ikeja City Mall and the Lekki's Circle Mall, in retaliation to the spate of xenophobic violence ongoing in South Africa, notably targeting Nigerian immigrants. One protester was reportedly killed. A related protest has been called to take place in Abuja on Thursday, September 5, where protesters are due to gather at 09:00 (local time) at Unity Fountain and march to the South African High Commission. Similar protests are possible in Lagos. Further acts of violence towards South African assets cannot be ruled out.
A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any protest. Clashes with security forces cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Lagos and Abuja should avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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